On the eve of the band’s biggest-ever European tour and the launch of new album, “Drastic Symphonies”, DEF LEPPARD played a one-off club show last Friday night, May 19, at the iconic Sheffield venue The Leadmill. The 850-capacity venue was treated to a must-see performance from one of Britain’s greatest-ever rock bands. It was a huge night for fans of the band who got the chance to hear the band’s extraordinary stadium-style catalog in a club setting. It was the most intimate show the band has played in the U.K. or the rest of Europe in 35 years. The setlist was for one night only — unique to this show and different to the setlist the band will play three days later, when they start the European tour at a sold-out Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane on Monday, May 22.
DEF LEPPARD wanted to shine a light on The Leadmill, a vital part of the Sheffield and national U.K. music scene which is among many of the small U.K. music venues threatened with closure. Net proceeds from ticket sales from The Leadmill show are being donated to Music Venue Trust who diligently work to help struggling U.K. music venues.
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“Sheffield is in the very DNA of this band! – DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott said when the show was first announced, “We are ecstatic to be starting the European leg of our world tour at home at Bramall Lane!“
2022 saw DEF LEPPARD release their critically and commercially acclaimed 12th studio album, “Diamond Star Halos”, which charted all over the world including a top 5 and top 10 in both North America and the U.K.. Early 2023, saw the band score a U.K. No 1 Netflix film with their cameo in acclaimed movie “Bank Of Dave“.
With more than 110 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the U.S., 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees DEF LEPPARD — Elliott, Phil Collen (guitar),Rick Savage (bass),Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) — continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career, the band has produced a series of classic ground-breaking albums that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike.
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